Dassault Aviation: Atlantique 2 upgrade contract signed
Atlantique2 upgrade contract signed
Dassault Aviation and Thales to modernise
French Navy's Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft in partnership with DCNS
Brest, 4 October 2013 - Dassault Aviation and Thales welcome the award by the
French Ministry of Defence of the contract to modernise the French Navy's
fleet of Atlantique2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft. Defence Minister
Jean-Yves LeDrian signed the contract at a ceremony to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of the Thales facility in Brest (French Brittany), in the presence
of Laurent Collet-Billon (DGA), Eric Trappier (Dassault Aviation),
Jean-Bernard Lévy (Thales), Patrick Boissier (DCNS) and Patrick Dufour (SIAé).
The contract was negotiated with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA)
and calls for the modernisation of the mission systems of fifteen ATL2s. The
main aims of the programme are to develop, then integrate on board the
aircraft, next-generation technologies for a new tactical mission system and
state-of-the-art sensor subsystems and display consoles. The integrated
systems will be among the most sophisticated in the entire aerospace industry.
France is the only country apart from the United States to produce maritime
patrol aircraft capable of deploying both advanced sensor suites (optronic,
radar, acoustic) and a wide range of weapon systems (anti-ship missiles,
torpedoes, laser-guided weapons).
The upgrade programme will improve the ATL2's ability to deal with new and
emerging threats under all weather conditions, both in strategic deterrence
roles and in asymmetric conflicts involving quiet and stealthy submarines,
high-speed craft, land vehicles, etc. The aircraft will be equipped to remain
in operational service beyond 2030.
The programme will be conducted by Dassault Aviation and Thales
(co-contractors) in partnership with DCNS and working with the SIAé.
Dassault Aviation will be in charge of developing the core system, including
the LOTI^ mission software developed by DCNS. Dassault Aviation will also
be responsible for subsystems integration and the conversion of a "prototype"
aircraft for flight testing.
Thales will develop the radar/IFF^ subsystem and the latest-generation
digital acoustic processing subsystem (STAN). The radar will benefit from the
latest technologies based on those developed for the Rafale. The STAN
subsystem will process signals from all existing and future sonobuoys,
detecting targets over a wider frequency range and making it possible to
counter new types of threats.
DCNS will develop the LOTI software, which will establish an overall tactical
picture based on data from different sensors, and manage the deployment of
torpedoes, missiles and other weapons. This collaborative system enables
several operators to interact at the same time.
The SIAé will be responsible for developing the upgraded tactical display
consoles and managing full-rate aircraft upgrade operations.
The programme will help to maintain key skills required by the defence
industry in areas ranging from undersea warfare and next-generation acoustics
to radars for combat and surveillance roles and complex systems architecture
and integration. The development and production work will support jobs in
several regions of France for both the main contractors and their partner
Sensor developments will build on the results of government-funded advanced
study programmes in underwater detection and combat aircraft radars, including
the RBE2 active electronically scanned array radar (AESA) developed for the
Notes to editors:
Dassault Aviation delivered the French Navy's fleet of ATL2 aircraft during
the 1990s to conduct air missions in support of France's deterrence
capabilities (for the FOST strategic ocean force and its fleet of
nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines) and the country's other
strategic missions (knowledge, anticipation, prevention and protection) in a
diverse threat environment.
About Dassault Aviation
With more than 8,000 military and civil aircraft delivered to 83 countries
over the past 60 years, and having logged nearly 28 million flight hours to
date,DassaultAviation can offer recognized know-how and experience in the
design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, from the
Rafale fighter to the Falcon range of high-end business jets. In
2012,DassaultAviation reported revenues of €3.94 billion, with around 11,600
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Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace & Transport and Defence
& Security markets. In 2012, the company generated revenues of €14.2billion
with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and
researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy
equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security
requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with
operations around the world working with customers and local partners.
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SIAé: Service Industriel de l'Aéronautique (France's integrated support
service for military aircraft)
LOTI: Logiciel Opérationnel de Traitement de l'Information (operational
software for information processing)
IFF: Identification Friend or Foe
Dassault Aviation: Atlantique 2 upgrade contract signed
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